One of the most instantly recognizable movie cars of all time has been painstakingly restored and is going under the hammer
One of the cult cars of the sixties, the Mustang strengthened its image in a series of Hollywood films before gaining instant success in 1968 as the iconic 'Bullitt' car. Steve McQueen's epic high-speed chase through San Francisco confirmed the Mustang as a timeless classic, and this fully restored example, manufactured in 1967 with the fastback body and 6.4-liter 'four-barrel' high-performance V8, will be up for auction in the UK in a couple of weeks.
The original Mustang came equipped with two front bucket seats, black interior, and a four-speed manual transmission, and in 2008 it received an extensive restoration. A new deluxe interior was fitted including the rare overhead console with map lights, while the original wood grain dashboard, instrumentation and door panels were kept to maintain the car's character. The exterior is finished in the correct Highland Green metallic paint with blacked-out grille and tail lamp, and devoid of any insignias to replicate the original.
A mechanical rebuild including the original 'Big Block' V8 being re-bored, a host of new parts such as new cylinder heads, and custom-built four-branch exhaust has resulted in an output that far exceeds the original 320hp. New electronics, clutch & transmission, brakes, reinforced steering & suspension were also part of the restoration that preceded the Mustang being uniquely converted to right-hand drive. This example is far superior to the original, and has been rebuilt for reliable everyday use while having the look, sound and authenticity of the world's most famous Mustang.